March 2024 marks 10th consecutive record month for global temperatures

March 2024 was the 10th consecutive month in which the monthly temperature record was broken, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, the Copernicus Climate Change Service, reported on Tuesday.

With an average temperature of 14.14°C, March 2024 was 0.73° warmer than the average for 1991-2020 and 0.10° warmer than the previous record for March, set in 2016. The global average sea surface temperature of 21.07°C was the highest temperature ever recorded for March

Compared with the pre-industrial reference period of 1850-1900, the temperature in March 2024 was 1.68° higher. In Europe, the temperature last month was 2.12° above the average between 1991 and 2020, making it the second warmest March on record afetr March 2014, which was 0.02° warmer. The temperature from April 2023 to March 2024 was 1.58° above pre-industrial levels.

Temperatures rose above average last month in central and eastern Europe, eastern North America, Greenland, Central America, much of Africa, southern Australia, eastern Russia and parts of South America and Antarctica. Most of western Europe was also wetter than average.



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